Quotes for ‘Flowing Free’

I give below the quotes and such details as to where they’re from as possible in the order they are strung along the line. Some of the quotes I got from the internet, and they have little precise information beyond the name, as is also the case with that from Russell, which I got from The Penguin Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations, by Fred Metcalf, page 182.


1 - W - Blake“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour.”

William Blake, ‘Auguries of Innocence’


“What is eye-opening about the fantastic2 - R - Breton
is that there is no fantastic, there is only reality.”

André Breton, Le Manifests du Surréaliste, 1924



3 - B - Schumacher“… man’s management of the land must be primarily orientated towards three goals – health, beauty, and permanence.”

E.F. Schumacher, page 90, Small is Beautiful


4 - W - Pearce
“Bigger is not always best but small is still beautiful.”

Joseph Pearce, page xvii, Small is Still Beautiful



5 - G - Dasmann“… for the preservation of people as individuals … we must have land, in particular the wild country where man can get away from the pressures of his society …”

Raymond F. Dasmann, page 8, The Last Horizon



“How I long to see6 - W - Basho 1
among dawn flowers,
the face of God.”

Basho, Haiku


7 - B - Sarton“Help us to be faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and that without light noting flowers.”

May Sarton



“When the mind rests serene in the oneness of things,8 - W - Buddhist 1
The dualism vanishes by itself.”

Buddhist scripture, translated from the Chinese by Dr. Suzuki
and quoted on page 71 of Christian Humphreys’ The Buddhist Way of Action


9 - R - Sagan“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

Carl Sagan



10 - G - Sun-Tzu“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can.”



11 - Y - Darwin“There is grandeur in this view of life … [that] from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

Charles Darwin, pages 459-60, The Origin of Species



12 - G - Blake “… I also by pleasant Streams
Have wander’d all Night in the Land of Dreams.”

William Blake, ‘The Land of Dreams’



13 - B - Gide“I believe in the virtue of small nations. I believe in the virtue of small numbers. The world will be saved by the few.”

André Gide, quoted on page 24 of Leopold Kohr’s The Breakdown of Nations



14 - W - Buddhist 2“All is transient. When one sees this, he is above sorrow.”

No. 277, page 54, Penguin 60s Classics’s Buddha’s Teachings 



15 - B - Paterson 1“… the oak is a doorway … [through which] we enter other dimensions where we perceive different realities and worlds.”

Jacqueline Memory Paterson, page 189, Tree Wisdom


16 - W - Basho 2“Spring rain –
under trees
a crystal stream.”

Basho, Haiku



17 - B - Kohr“The Ivory Tower … is nothing but the place of withdrawal where the true monuments of civilization are created in defiance of the clamour of the masses.”

Leopold Kohr, pages 133-4, The Breakdown of Nations



18 - Y - Matthews“… Robin Hood is one of the great fertility … figures of this land … part of a vast ongoing cycle which will continue to the end of time …”

John Matthews, pages 72-3, Robin Hood: Green Lord of the Wildwood



19 - B - Paterson 2“… sweep the night sky to ensure a clean contact with the heavens …”

Jacqueline Memory Paterson, page 100, Tree Wisdom



20 - Y - Harrison“[Forests were] asylums of cultural independence … they enabled communities to develop indigenously; hence they served to localize the spirit of place.”

Robert Pogue Harrison, page 51, Forests: the Shadow of Civilization


21 - G - Artaaud“… the Marvellous is at the root of the spirit.”

Antonin Artaud, ‘Dinner is Served’, from Le Revolution Surréaliste No. 3, April 1925


22 - W - Bible“But the Comforter … he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John, 14:26, King James Bible



23 - B - Russell“The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts – the less you know, the hotter you get.”

Bertrand Russell



24 - R - Basho“Clouds –
a chance to dodge

Basho, Haiku



25 - W - Barragan“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.”

Luis Barragan


26 - B - Buddhist“There is a Middle Way … a path which opens the eyes and bestows understanding, which leads to peace of mind, to higher wisdom, to full enlightenment, to Nirvana …”

Dhamma-Cakka-Ppavattana-Jutta, quoted on page 64 of Christian Humphreys’ The Buddhist Way of Action


27 - R - Bible“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

Revelations, 21:1, King James Bible



28 - Y - Harrison“… when we do not speak our death to the world we speak death to the world. And when we speak death to the world, the forest’s legend falls silent.”

Robert Pogue Harrison, page 249, Forests: the Shadow of Civilization